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ACTA ZOOLOGICA ACADEMIAE SCIENTIARUM HUNGARICAEAn international journal of animal taxonomy and ecology


Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae is an open-access journal under Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC. Published articles are freely available on the Internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the Internet itself.

Submission of a manuscript implies that it contains new, unpublished information, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This journal does not have article processing or page charges except for colour printing.

Papers must be written in English using British spelling, and be original contributions in the field of animal taxonomy, systematics, zoogeography or ecology. Short communications will not be considered. All manuscripts must be submitted to

Authors are requested to keep their communications as concise as possible. Footnotes should be avoided or minimized, and Italics should not be used for emphasis. Lines should be continuously numbered (use your word processor’s line numbering function).

The Title should be followed by the names and addresses of all authors. Full author names (including given and family names) should be provided. Authors’ names should be in small capitals. The affiliation should include the complete mailing address and e-mail of all authors. Please also provide the ORCID numbers of all authors. If you do not have one yet, please register at

A running title of no more than 30 letters should be supplied.

The Abstract should be a brief summary of the contents and conclusions of the paper, and should not be longer than 200 words and should not contain references. It should clearly and simply summarize the most important results and methods, if relevant.

Key words should not be more than five expressions describing the content. Avoid using the same words that are already in the title.

Introduction should contain a brief survey of the relevant literature and the reasons for doing the work.

Material and methods should supply sufficient information to permit repetition of the work. The technical description of methods should be given only when such methods are new.

Results should be presented concisely. Do not present the same results in both table and a figure. The results section should not be used for discussion.

Discussion should be separate from the results and should deal with the significance of the results and their relationship to the object of the work ( in taxonomic revisions, this is the place of the identification key).

Acknowledgements be as concise as possible.

References. Follow the Harvard system: authors’ names and initials, year of publication (in parentheses), colon, the title of the article, en dash, the full name of the journal, the volume (in bold), and the first and last pages of the article (separated by an en dash), doi number (e.g. (check DOI numbers at https://doi.cross­ e.g.

Wiklund, C. G. & Andersson, M. (1994): Natural selection of colony size in a passerine bird. – Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 765–774.

For books and book chapters: author name(s), date of publication (in parentheses), colon, title, edition, en dash, publisher’s name, the place of publication and page reference, e.g.

Hinton, H. E. (1981): Biology of insect eggs. Vol. 2. – Pergamon Press, New York, 234 pp. or

Papp, L. & Schumann, H. (2000): Key to families – adults. Pp. 163–200. In: Papp, L. & Darvas, B. (eds): Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera. Vol. 1. General and applied dipterology. – Science Herald, Budapest.

References to papers “in press” must mean that the article has been accepted for publication. Reference to “personal communication” and “unpublished work” are permitted in the text only: references to papers in preparation or submitted are not permissible. Please do not italicize taxon names in the References.

In the text, references should be given as Ronkay and Fibiger (1993), or (Ronkay & Fibiger 1993, Papp 1995), Marshall (1992) or (Marshall 1992). When a citation includes more than two authors, e.g. Grey, Black and White, the paper should be referred to in the text as Grey et al., provided that this is not ambiguous. If papers by the same author(s) in the same year are cited, they should be distinguished by the italics letters, a, b, c, etc., e.g. Marshall (1992a).

All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript, but should not be in­serted in the text. All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be numbered consecutive­ly in Arabic numerals (use Arial typeface) in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Only good quality and high enough resolution (min. 400 dpi) figures will be accepted. Explanation of lettering and symbols should be given in the figure caption and only exceptionally in the figures. Scales must be indicated on micrographs, not by magnifications in the legends. The following symbols should be used on line drawing: □, ○, ●, ◊.The preferred format for submitted digital figures are EPS, AI, CDR, WMF, EMF or TIF, PSD, JPEG (only high quality).

Legends to figures should be incorporated into the text of the caption. They should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.

Tables and appendices should be constructed so as to be intelligible without reference to the text, and numbered using Arabic numerals. Every table should be provided with an explanatory caption and each column should carry an appropriate heading. Units of measure should always be clearly indicated (metric units are preferred). All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

Only standard abbreviations should be used. Arbitrary abbreviations and jargon will not be accepted.

Scientific (Latin) names should be given for all species used in the investigation, followed by the name of the author and year of descrption. Add higher taxonomic affiliation on first mention. The name of the author need not be provided in the title. Genus and species names should be in Italics except in the references.

Manuscripts not following the above guidelines will not be considered.

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for checking. Corrections to the proofs must be restricted to printer’s errors. Any substantial alterations other than these may be charged to the author. Authors are requested to return their corrected proofs within 72 h to facilitate rapid publication.

Reprints or extra copies of a given issue and extra costs for colour illustrations must be paid by the authors. They should be ordered from the Journal Manager (perego.azh@gmail. com) no later than at the submission of the final copy of an accepted manuscript.



Prof. G. Bakonyi, Editor-in-Chief

Department of Zoology and Ecology, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1, Hungary;